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    9 Ways to Use Your Summer for Good

    Hey girls, it’s almost summer! Some of you have already started your summer break, and the rest of you will be starting it very soon. The first couple days of summer are great, aren’t they? No more school, no more getting up early, less responsibility and all day to hang out with friends; what could be better than that?

    Then after a few days, things can take a weird turn and start to get a little boring. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of nine ways you can use your summer for good—both your good and for the good of others. Here they are!

    • Start a book club. This is an especially great idea if you’re planning to take advanced placement classes in the fall. AP English classes usually have reading for class that needs to get done before school starts. Grab some friends and turn your summer reading into a fun and social experience while you’re learning. You can do this as a Bible study also.
    • Have a fundraiser for a charity. Round up your friends and put together a car wash or bake sale to raise funds for a favorite charity.
    • Volunteer. There’s really no shortage of places to volunteer during the summer. Try an animal shelter, a hospital, a homeless shelter or a retirement community. Use your summer to bring love and joy to others.
    • Do some extra chores around the house (without being asked). I know this may not sound like the most fun way to spend a summer, but sometimes it’s difficult for parents to keep up when all the kids are home in the summer. I’m sure they would love some voluntary help. This is a great way to show your parents love and appreciation for what they do.
    • Learn to cook. Seriously. If you don’t know how to cook already, this is a chance to learn. I know a lot of women in their 20s and even 30s who never learned to cook, and it can make life a little difficult as you get older. So learn to cook or bake, then make something yummy for your neighbors or throw a small dinner party for friends and family.
    • Spend time with your younger siblings (if you have them). Even though they may sometimes be a little annoying, they need you to spend time with them. You’re a huge influence in the lives of your younger brothers and sisters. So ask God for lots of patience and spend some time hanging out with them. Go to the movies, read to them, play games or invent your own games!
    • Spend time talking with someone who seems lonely. This could be someone you know from school who didn’t have many friends, a neighbor, a grandparent, etc. Everyone gets lonely from time to time, so fix a snack to share and go for a visit.
    • Clean up trash. You can find trash just about anywhere nowadays. Grab some friends, a trash bag and some gloves, and head to the park or the beach, or just take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash.
    • Learn to be still. This one is specifically for you. We live in an “everything in an instant” kind of world. We’re always busy and many people have forgotten how to take time to just be still. Make time to practice this skill throughout your summer. Not only can it help manage stress, but it also helps us quiet our minds so that we can hear God’s Spirit more clearly.

    I hope each of you has a wonderful summer this year and that you spend at least part of it giving back to your community and showing extra love to the people around you.

    Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (Psalms 37:3)

    Girls, how are you planning to use your summer for good?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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